Seabird Seasonal Field Assistant at Humboldt State University / Point Blue Conservation Science
Location: Arcata, CA
Duration: 3 Months
Job Type: Seasonal
Application Deadline: 03/15/2015
One or two seabird seasonal field assistants are sought to work on a seasonal seabird monitoring project for Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba), Common Murre (Uria aalge), cormorants (Phalacrocorax spp.), and other seabird species along the remote, rugged, and beautiful northern California coast. This project is part of the North Coast Marine Protected Area Baseline Program (see http://oceanspaces.org) and is a collaboration between Humboldt State University (http://www.humboldt.edu/wildlife), Point Blue Conservation Science (formerly PRBO; http://www.pointblue.org), and Crescent Coastal Research. The primary purpose of this project is to establish baselines for seabird monitoring metrics, and to evaluate initial response of seabirds to newly-established North Coast Marine Protected Areas. The successful applicants will be willing to work long and unusual hours in the field, often in poor weather conditions. The primary duties will consist of conducting shore-based population, foraging, and nesting bird surveys from approximately Point Arena to the Oregon border. Applicants with demonstrable experience conducting seabird surveys or monitoring, or with applicable experience and knowledge of similar techniques are preferred. Interest in ornithology and seabirds in particular is also preferred. Applicants with experience working independently, entering and managing data, and in remote field settings may also receive preference. Hours: Seasonal, full-time positions, no benefits. Duration: 15 April to 15 July 2015 (approximately 3 months). Wage: Approximately $1733/month. Employer: Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation, the research auxiliary of Humboldt State University.
Applicants should submit: 1) a cover letter; 2) résumé; and 3) names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. Please submit a letter of interest and materials via email to Dan Barton at email@example.com. However, applications must be also submitted via mail; no email-only applications can be accepted. Send to: Daniel Barton Department of Wildlife Humboldt State University 1 Harpst Street Arcata, CA 95521 Closing Date: Applications must be postmarked by 15 March 2015 for full consideration. Incomplete applications cannot receive responses or consideration. While email materials are accepted, you must also mail applications to the above address for full consideration.
Minimum requirements: 1) A bachelor’s degree or demonstrable successful progress toward a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or a related discipline; 2) current valid driver’s license; 3) ability to hike to remote field sites along the sometimes rugged, but always beautiful, California coast.
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